Travertine tile is actually a type of limestone that develops in the high temperatures of hot water springs. Since these springs exist all around the world, travertine has no specific place of origin. Natural travertine tile can be found everywhere from Italy to Iran to Peru. The most notable place for the formation of travertine tile in Northern America is Yellowstone National Park.
You can maintain travertine tile with a gentle cleanser, warm water, and a soft mop or microfiber cloth. If you have travertine kitchen floors, travertine bathroom floors, or a travertine backsplash, these materials can keep your tile looking its best. Spills and splashes should be cleaned immediately. Additionally, aim to do a weekly mopping with a soft cloth and gentle cleanser.
No. Travertine tile is not hard to keep clean. If you immediately clean up spills and maintain a consistent mopping schedule, your travertine tile can look like new for years.
Polished travertine and honed travertine can be very slippery when wet. Sandblasted travertine and antiqued travertine tile (also known as tumbled travertine), offer more grip but should still be used with caution – it's never a good idea to run on wet tile.
Travertine tile is not ideal for shower installations. Travertine is a porous stone, which means it can break down over time from water exposure. While regular re-sealing can protect the surface of the stone, it will not fully prevent damage on either travertine shower wall or travertine shower floor installations. Additionally, honed travertine can be slippery when wet, so it's not typically recommended for shower floor installations.
Cleaning grout for travertine tile floors only requires the use of a mild and gentle cleaning solution and a soft gentle brush. Toothbrushes and nail brushes are ideal for cleaning grout along travertine floor tile as well as travertine tile backsplashes.
Yes. Travertine tiles do require sealing. Although travertine is known to be durable, it's not as strong as other types of stone, like granite. Travertine tile should be sealed with either an enhancing or natural sealer upon installation. A sealer should be applied about every three to five years afterwards to maintain quality and luster.
The resealing timeframe depends on whether your travertine tile is indoors or outdoors. Generally, we suggest resealing your travertine tile every three to five years after its initial installation. Areas that are either outdoors, have heavy foot traffic, or experience frequent moisture exposure should be resealed every three years.
Travertine can be installed in bathrooms. A tumbled travertine tile bathroom can work beautifully if the tile is properly applied and sealed. The rougher surface of a tumbled travertine bathroom floor is perfect for anyone seeking a non-slip bathroom floor.
However, because travertine tile is a porous stone, we do not recommend it for submerged areas like showers. Travertine tile is more porous than heartier stones. Therefore, constant exposure to water wears down the surface of travertine tile over time.
All shades of travertine can darken slightly over time. Particularly, white travertine tile has an increased tendency to darken over time when the iron compounds in the stone mix with oxygen. Dirt buildup and debris can also tint light-colored travertine tile over time.
Travertine is not as hard a material as granite or marble tile, but it is an exceptionally durable stone. Travertine tile holds up well to high temperatures and heavy foot traffic. However, travertine tile can break or chip if it is struck by a heavy object.
Yes, travertine tile is suitable for outdoor use and exterior installations. It holds up well against the natural elements and lasts in high temperatures. It's also incredibly durable. Additionally, travertine tile patios or travertine tile poolsides have an organic, rugged feel that's perfect for the outdoors.
Most outdoor travertine tile can be cleaned only using water. For light travertine tile, or infrequently cleaned travertine tile, we suggest using a pressurized water hose to effectively remove debris. Outdoor spaces should be cleaned frequently if used often and at least seasonally if not.
Travertine tiles fall mid-range in terms of material and labor expenses. On average, travertine tile costs about $15 per square foot for materials (plus labor costs). In comparison, granite costs an average of $12 per square foot, and marble falls around $20 per square foot.